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The man who can send you to Mars

Think you’ve got the right stuff to make it to Mars? Richard Hollingham talks to the man selecting astronauts for a privately funded mission to the Red Planet.<p>This is the pitch: a perilous one-way journey to a dead, distant world, leaving your family behind for the rest of your life, before dying …

Big asteroid swept close on January 26

Asteroid 2004 BL86 came closer than any known asteroid this large until 2027. Information and photos of the asteroid, plus links to more.<p>An asteroid …

Study Suggests Wi-Fi Exposure More Dangerous To Kids Than Previously Thought

Most parents would be concerned if their children had significant exposure to lead, chloroform, gasoline fumes, or the pesticide DDT. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRIC), part of the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO), classifies these and more than 250 other agents …

World Health Organization

Ice researchers capture catastrophic Greenland melt

Over a few summer days in 2012, nearly all of the Greenland ice sheet surface thawed right under the feet of a UCLA-led team of scientists.<p>What was not absorbed into snow quickly gathered and flowed across the 20,000-square-mile sheet, coalescing into roaring turquoise rivers. And then most of it …

Ethiopia dam will turn Lake Turkana into 'endless battlefield', locals warn

People living near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya have little understanding that the fresh water essential to their development is likely to dry up when a huge hydoelectric dam in neighbouring Ethiopia is completed.<p>Fishermen, farmers, teachers and others living near the world’s largest desert lake …

Africa

Russian Media Condemn Paris Attacks — But Question Who Was Behind Them

A tabloid and a TV channel have given play to theories asking if Americans plotted the attacks. Also, some religious figures have said <i>Charlie Hebdo</i> staff brought the violence on themselves.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>The string of attacks in France has gotten a lot of attention in Russia. Those …

Tanzania bans witchdoctors in attempt to end albino killings

Tanzania has banned witchdoctors in an attempt to combat a rise in the killing of people with albinism for their body parts, officials said on Wednesday.<p>At least 74 people with albinism have reportedly been murdered in the east African country since 2000. After a surge in 2009, the government …

Africa

Fear of Ammonia Leak Leads to Partial Space Station Evacuation

Astronauts returned to the U.S. side of the International Space Station on Wednesday, hours after an apparent false alarm raised concerns about an ammonia leak and forced a partial evacuation.<p>The six crew members shut down the U.S. segment and hung out on the station's Russian side for much of the …

Sepp Hasslberger: NASA Shuts Down Live Feed when UFO Appears — Images Captured

<i>There are things NASA isn’t being honest about with us. That whole “search for extraterrestrial intelligence” seems a great joke when considering</i> …

Could Depression Actually Be Nothing More Than an Allergic Reaction?

New research suggests that depression may be a reaction to inflammation within the body. But will shifting the blame from the head to the body affect the stigma that still exists?<p>Our understanding and awareness of depression has, thankfully, evolved some way beyond the old-fashioned, "Oh, just pull …

Say butt? BelfieStick makes backside-selfies easy

Who cares what you look like from the front? Share the glory of your derriere with the world with the BelfieStick, a camera extender designed to capture your behind.<p>The selfie phenomenon, much like the shuffling corpses in "The Walking Dead," is showing no sign of abating. Social media is slathered …

Picture of the Day: Meanwhile in Canada

Photograph by Parks Canada<p>So apparently there’s a little bit of snow in western Canada! This photo was taken in Glacier National Park in the province …

Canada